The Embacadere Community
Citizen Security Programme Community Action Officer (CAO)
Mrs. Cristal Harry
Tel. 868-623-2441 ext. 13128
Embacadere Community Action Council (CAC)
Embacadere Community Profile
Embacadere is located in South Trinidad on the sea coast overseeing the Gulf of Paria and is bordered by Cipero River, Lady Hailes Avenue and Circle Drive South. The community is comprised of 459 dwelling units including apartment buildings, single family homes and a squatter regularized community called Embacadere Extension. Embacadere is made up of low to middle income families, most living permanently for approximately 20 years.
The population of Embacadere is approximately 1,349 persons. There is much ethnic and cultural diversity in this community. The majority (58%) of the population is of African decent, 28% are Mixed and 14% are of Indian decent, which make up most of the Squatter regularized community. With regards to religious beliefs; 30% of the population is Roman Catholic, 19% Anglican, and 10% are Spiritual Baptist. 38% of the total population are young people between the ages of 7 – 24 years.
Residents indicate that Embacadere had a large number of female headed single parent homes. The union status of females in this community shows that 30% never had a husband or a partner, 24% are married, 17% are in common-law relationships and 15% are no longer living with a husband or common-law partner. In the general community; 43% of residents have never been married, 18% are married and 4% are divorced.
There is one educational facility located in Embacadere; an Early Childhood Care and Education center. Most residents possess formal Primary or Secondary school education; thirty-five (35%) percent of whom have had 5 years of schooling while only 33% attended school for 7 years or more. The highest level of education attained by residents in Embacadere is secondary school education (48%) followed by 37% attaining a primary school level of education. Although members of the community have attended school, 56% of residents have never passed an exam. Of persons who attended school, 11% received 3 – 4 O level subjects and 10% received 5 subjects and over.
In 2000 training was undertaken by 507 (38%) community residents and included On the Job training (27%), Vocational/Trade (16%), Technical Institute (7%), Commercial Training (6%) and University (4%). Of the training received 434 (86%) of residents completed the training. Of this number 59% received a certificate with an examination and 9% received a certificate without an examination. The population of school aged (7 – 12 years) children of Embacadere currently attending school is 175 persons or 13% of residents.
There are two business places in Embacadere; both are small parlors. Six hundred and ninety-nine (699) persons make up the work force in the community. Thirty-seven percent (37%) are employed in a private enterprise and 23% within the government. Most community members are employed with the CEPEP organization. The majority of the workforce (21%) possesses elementary level occupations, 20% are in service and sales occupations and 15% are hired under craft and related occupations. The industries mostly hiring members from this community are public administration (13%) followed by wholesale and retail which employs 12% of community members. Ten (10%) percent are employed in finance, insurance, real estate and business services.
This community is comprised of low to middle income families. Thirty-nine (39%) of community members earn less than $500 per month, 9% earn between $1,000-$1,999, and 8% receive between $2,000-$2,999. Four (4%) percent of the population earn more that $5,000 per month.
There is a church, a basketball court, a community center and an Early Childhood Care and Education center in Embacadere. These facilities are often utilized by the youths and other residents of the community. Embacadere also has many sporting activities for the youths in the community. These activities include basketball, football and cricket and are managed by elders and religious leaders within the community. The community also has the South District Scout Headquarters where some of the youths would take part in scouting activities.
Source: CSO 2000 Census data; supplemented by CSP Community Assessments